Chigorin’s famous epigram “Even a poor plan is better than no plan at all” is a bit of a cliche in chess. But for Chessable member Andrzej Krzywda, aka andrzejkrzywda, it is the gospel – because Andrzej is a man who has found having a plan really, really works. As chess learners thirsty for inspiration, you …... click here to read more.
Category: Learning chess
Chess is a complex game. Often there will be positions that look very familiar to you. The familiarity triggers your wishes to play a known thematic move. However, even the slightest of nuances can turn a good move into a bad one. Perhaps it’s a tempo up or down, perhaps the “other” rook was moved. There …... click here to read more.
So you’ve learned the basic moves of chess and have played a bunch of games, and you’ve decided that you want to get better at this beautiful game. Where do you start? Over the last few years, I’ve taught and observed new and beginning players as they develop in chess. More recently, I’ve had the …... click here to read more.
Today we’ve reached another milestone. You can now learn chess tactics for beginners (and beyond) right here on Chessable. We’ve taken the classic puzzle book, 1001 Chess Exercises for Beginners, by New in Chess, and made it fully interactive! Ever wanted to apply the Woodpecker method to an excellent tactics book? Well, here is your chance. …... click here to read more.
Beating Magnus after a month of training: the neuroscience of why learning chess is so much harder than learning a language
By now, most of the chess world is familiar with the story of Max Deutsch, so I will keep it brief. Max is a 24-year-old chess amateur who wanted to beat World Champion Magnus Carlsen with a month’s worth of practice. No handicaps. Max completed 11 other learning challenges, one each month. Perhaps the most impressive one …... click here to read more.
What are the best chess books ever written? We asked ten titled players this question and this article will share their answers. Because of the open-ended nature of the question, we received an interesting variety of responses. Let’s jump right into the books and see what the masters had to say about them. Timeless Classics Chess …... click here to read more.
When thinking of your next chess move, like when choosing chess openings, often the only feedback we get is from a computer. Perhaps you are doing one better over the majority of us and also looking at a master’s database. However, is this truly enough to learn chess and improve? We think that when learning …... click here to read more.
How to improve at chess? This is a question we all ask ourselves at one point or another. It’s the reason why I read all the science there is on Chess and started Chessable! Recently, I got news that one of our users made some remarkable improvement, 300 over the board points in one single year. I …... click here to read more.
Recently I had the opportunity to have a brief exchange with one of our Chessable members, CurtisM97 who has achieved vast improvements in his chess. Curtis is Memorial University of Newfoundland student intending on majoring in Psychology, and his Chessable study patterns are commendable. While not one of our power users who have managed to gather …... click here to read more.
Beyond the Opening Moves As we study our opening repertoire using Chessable, there are a few aspects that we should work on understanding and applying in our games. By understanding these, we will be able to connect the reasons behind the moves we choose in the opening phase and connect them to plans and moves in …... click here to read more.